When families search for senior living, Illinois is often at the top of the list — and for good reason.
People often say Illinois is a small version of the United States as a whole, meaning the state has a little bit of everything the country has to offer. With mostly moderate weather, plus plenty of farmland and rural towns to go along with its mid-size industrial cities and Chicago — the third-largest city in the U.S. — Illinois is a uniquely desirable retirement destination. It’s the quintessential Midwestern state, bordering the Mississippi River in the west, the Ohio River in the east, and Lake Michigan in the north. The “Land of Lincoln” also has a rich political history: Other than Honest Abe, several other U.S. presidents have called Illinois home, including Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 360 independent living communities, sometimes simply called retirement communities, in Illinois.
The median monthly cost of independent living in Illinois is about $2,300.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Illinois.
In Illinois, independent living communities are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.
Overall, the cost of living in Illinois is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 13% of the Illinois population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Illinois leaned liberal.
Illinois' climate is mainly divided into two sections, with the northern half of the state classified as humid continental, and the southern half classified as humid subtropical. This means the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold winters, and the northern areas near Lake Michigan often experience more extreme temperatures and higher amounts of precipitation.
Moderate air quality rating means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.